Kari Kuukka has been a professional photographer and photojournalist for 25 years and has worked for the majority of national publications and agencies in Finland as well as wide clientele abroad.
Kuukka is presently mostly known as a sports specialist and he has covered e.g. the last six Olympic Games. He has been awarded several times for his work – and during the past six years he has focused more and more on multimedia storytelling.
Photo: Johanna Karttunen
In addition to Kuukka’s own photography, he teaches photography, video and multimedia storytelling in three different universities. He is also well known for his writing and public stance defending photographers and their right to maintain the copyright of their own work – as more and more publishers are very aggressively pushing the “exclusive rights to the publisher” -deals to freelancers.
Kuukka works independently as a freelancer and manages his own multimedia company – the first of its kind in Finland.
Group 11 won Finland’s greatest Photojournalism Award
Konsta Leppänen is a 24-year-old photojournalist and a master’s student of visual journalism at University of Tampere. Leppänen works as a freelance photographer for several Finnish newspapers and magazines. To balance out the work assignments, Leppänen pursues his own documentary projects whenever possible.
Photo: Elina Ylitervo
Leppänen is part of an award-winning 11 photography collective, a group of 11 young Finnish photojournalists who seek to research and redefine post-modern photojournalism in Finland and beyond. 11 promotes Finnish documentary photography to an international audience and it wants to make documentary photography more approachable and accessible than it has been before. Group 11 believes that the future of Finnish documentary photography lies in team work and a strong and united movement and they produces annual in-depth photo essays around united themes.